Posted September 30, 2013

Texas legend Earl Campbell thinks it’s time for Mack Brown to go

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Mack Brown and the Texas Longhorns football program have helped the school rank first among CLC merchandise royalties. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

It’s time for Texas to give Mack Brown the hook, says Earl Campbell. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

A Texas Longhorns football legend thinks it’s time for a change at head coach. Former Texas running back Earl Campbell told FOX 26 that it’s time for UT to replace head coach Mack Brown.

The 1977 Heisman Trophy winner under coach Darrell Royal said Texas administrators should move on from Brown. The Longhorns are 2-2 this season, and have turned in three straight disappointing seasons under Brown.

“Nobody likes to get fired or leave a job, but things happen,” Campbell said. “I’d go on record and say, ‘Yes I think it’s time.’”

Campbell said Brown’s legacy at Texas, including winning the 2005 national championship, puts the university in a tough spot.

“Very hard because Coach Brown is a very good man,” Campbell said. “I just hope he doesn’t stay. … He’s done some great things. The program, he brought it back, and we don’t need it to get run down where somebody has to start all over again.”

He congratulated USC for putting an end to consecutive sub-par seasons by firing Lane Kiffin on Sunday.

“I’d just say this, I take my hat off for USC for what they’ve done. They didn’t mess around with it. They just said, ‘Let’s do it now.’  I think at some point our university’s people are going to have make a decision.”

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Campbell said Brown, 62, might be too old to be the CEO of the extremely profitable, but underperforming Texas football program.

“Some people get too old,” Campbell said. “If players get too old to play a game, why can’t a coach get too old to coach it?”

The member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame has Brown’s replacement already in mind: former UT All-American defensive back and Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray.

“If we’re going to make a change I would like to say that we got one in the house, Jerry Gray, who’s getting in the College Football Hall of Fame,” Cambell said. “I think that would be a good place to start.”

In a Monday news conference, Brown said he was “disappointed in Earl’s comments” about his needing to leave, but “he’ll always be welcomed here.”


5 comments
cooldela1966
cooldela1966

Mack has had a good run and it is time for him to leave.

carnage_2012
carnage_2012

This is going the way of the Joe Paterno debacle.

boatmanbob8
boatmanbob8

No fans of championship UT football disagree with Earl.  Our tubby CEO has been a fraud forever.  He rings up his "10-Win Season!" charade nearly every single year against tomato cans, but can't win a Big 12 to save his life without a VY or a Colt.  And healthy or brain-damaged, David Ash isn't fit to carry either of those guys' jock straps.  Mack is here until 2020. He has held us for ransom and threatened to stay until he runs the program into the ground.  "All we gotta do now is win the Big 12" he tells any gullible fans that are still listening to his blather.  How do you suppose you're going to do that, Mack?  Those 2 titles that Vince and Colt won for you are only conference trophies in your 29 years as a head coach.   Why is anyone still listening to this guy's lies?  Why is he paid $5 mil per year when he doesn't deserve 5 cents for mediocre football?  The man says he's not in it for his legacy.  That's good, Mack, because you've completely trashed it.  Anyone who ever doubted that you were anything but an ordinary coach with great players, they know now exactly what you are .  A selfish phony willing to sink the program and hang on for the cash.  Campbell, Chris Simms, what do they know?  "I only listen to my bosses, Powers and Dodds, because they 'get it'."  Yes, they get that you generate money, and that's all.  Mack has sold his players out, thrown his coaches under the bus, and refuses to leave even when ex-Longhorns are saying it's over.  They took Kiffin off the bus to fire him the other day.   When OU hands Brown his million dollar a$$ in Dallas in two weeks they ought to make Brown find his own way back to Austin.   

Sports#1
Sports#1

Oliver Luck is the A.D. at West Virginia and would be a "Perfect Fit" at Texas. 

Art Briles at Baylor would be a "Excellent" Head Coach. 

Please, "Not" ...Jerry Gray  ...He is Mack Brown's choice.

We at Texas need New Blood! 


crimsonmastodon
crimsonmastodon

Let the fireworks begin.  USC and Texas duking it out for a HC.  Just stay away from T-Town.